sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything. 2nd Corinthians 6:10 NIV
An athlete once met a man at a party. He was full of himself, his abilities, and how life had smiled upon him. But when he met this other man he had to stop and check himself. The other man was in a wheelchair. He had lost the use of his legs in the gulf war. But there was no bitterness in the handicapped man. He was cheerful. He was friendly and positive. He easily brushed off any well-intended pity and used the moment to bring lightheartedness and gratitude into the situation. The athlete couldn´t help but feel ashamed of his own dependence on good-times or good fortune. Do we also need everything to go well for us to be happy?
The Christian who has taken his or her walk with Christ far enough will become like the man in the wheelchair. We will admit where we have lost much in earthly terms, but be able to smile in the face of adversity. It will not be because of our superior mindset or ability to handle situations. It will be because we have hope in Jesus. It will be because we are so happy to be walking with our Savior, that the minor hiccups that we encounter along the way just cannot wipe the smile from our faces. Can we sense this joy welling up and changing our outlook today?
Help us to see past our current troubles. Help us to see You and focus ourselves on being where You are! Let joy replace our self-pity so we can share it with others too, we pray!